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[pon-der] /ˈpɒn dər/
verb (used without object)
to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
verb (used with object)
to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully:
He pondered his next words thoroughly.
1300-50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)
Related forms
ponderer, noun
reponder, verb (used without object)
unpondered, adjective
well-pondered, adjective
1. reflect, cogitate, deliberate, ruminate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ponders
  • She also ponders the makeup of dark matter, unseen particles that have shaped the growth of the entire cosmos.
  • Flavia ponders how to respond to students' disclosure of personal issues.
  • No one ponders the idea of reducing deficits by giving money away to people who don't need it.
  • The general public enjoys a pleasurable outrage whenever it ponders contemporary art.
  • There, amid the shudder and clang of rebar and aluminum, he ponders the biomechanics of lignin and nodes.
  • So he reads them and ponders them, folds them into his worldview.
  • In short, the more one ponders the statistics, the more murky their meaning becomes.
  • He constantly ponders how to make a career out of his two loves.
  • ponders whether there exists a knowledge base for teaching others how to teach reading.
  • The imagination is stirred as one ponders why such effort was expended to build such a structure.
British Dictionary definitions for ponders


when intr, sometimes foll by on or over. to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for ponders



early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from Old French ponderer "to weigh, poise" (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare "ponder, consider, reflect," literally "to weigh," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.

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